Hillbilly Elegy Test | Final Test - Hard

J.D. Vance
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. How much money in earnings did Vance have when he was discharged from the Marine Corps?

2. What is the story of Brian's mother in the Conclusion?

3. In what grade in school was Vance when his grandmother forbade him to hang out with friends who were smoking weed?

4. How much weight did Vance lose during boot camp for the Marine Corps?

5. Which of Mamaw's siblings refused to ever speak to Vance's mother after Mamaw died?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Vance describe his years at Ohio State University?

2. What led to Vance's decision to join the Marine Corps?

3. What does "learned helplessness" mean and how does Vance address it in Hillbilly Elegy?

4. Who is Amy Chua and how did she assist Vance in his career goals?

5. How does Vance describe the motel in Middletown in Chapter 15?

6. Why did Vance tell the woman at the gas station that his girlfriend attended Yale in Chapter 12?

7. What problems with the foster care system in the U.S. are discussed by Vance in Chapter 15?

8. Who is Brian and why does Vance discuss him in the Conclusion?

9. What two events does Vance describe as being significant to him during his last two years of service in the Marines?

10. What led to Mamaw's death? When did she die?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What was Mamaw's relationship with organized religion? How did this influence Vance? Who else in Vance's life had influence over his religious explorations and beliefs?

Essay Topic 2

Who are Mamaw and Papaw's three children? How does Vance describe them in the memoir? Who is Vance's mother and how does he describe his relationship with her growing up?

Essay Topic 3

How was Vance's mother's addiction to drugs discovered? What was done in terms of helping her seek treatment? How did Vance participate in helping his mother with her treatment?

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